art history

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Immerse yourself in a community of practicing artists with a BA in Art History

As an Art History major at Edinboro University, you will be surrounded by others who are passionate about art and its place in the world. Through lectures and discussion, you will become skilled in critical inquiry, historical context and the aesthetic frameworks that have driven the visual arts from its origin in the ancient world to contemporary trends.

Our faculty will challenge – and mentor – you. A multi-disciplinary curriculum will ensure you are well-prepared for the career you’ve always wanted. Along the way, you will acquire strong organizational and analytical skills and learn to communicate effectively with leaders in both the corporate and non-profit world.

Edinboro graduates with a B.A. in Art History are qualified to work in art and historical museums and galleries, to apply to Masters and Doctoral programs in related fields, or to work for organizations where the combination of critical thinking, research and writing skills are highly valued.

Expert Faculty

expert faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Talented Students

talented students

Frequent regional and local exhibitions as well as student competitions provide Art History majors with opportunities for critical engagement and experiential learning.

A Place to Create

an artistic environment

Art History majors participate in classes with other Art majors from a broad spectrum of concentrations. Through lectures and discussions, they build valuable real-world skills.

Edinboro University’s Art Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Rich and diverse curriculum.

As an Art History major, you will begin with survey courses in both western and non-western art. Then take a deep dive into period courses including Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Indian, 19th and 20th centuries, Contemporary and American art. Special topics seminars, as well as courses in Gender and Theory offer culminating, capstone experiences. You will have the opportunity to use free electives to complete a minor in fields outside of the department and visit important collections in museums in Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

Internships build networks.

Kick-start your career with an internship at a museum or gallery. You’ll learn to put theory into practice under the watchful eye of a trained preceptor. While you’re there, you will build a network of professional colleagues who may offer job advice or placement down the road. Many of students accept internships at notable institutions such as:

Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pa.


Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pa.

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pa.

Drake Well Museum, Titusville, Pa.

Find yourself in our vibrant community of artists.